Long Exposure Cityscapes with Filters

“Capture beautiful urban landscapes in long exposure”


Long Exposure Cityscapes


Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Date: Sunday 24 May 2020 (Back up date of Sunday 7 June in the event of inclement weather on the scheduled date)
Duration: 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Cost: $89
Instructor: Seng Mah
Location: Elizabeth Quay, Perth
Maximum participants: SOLD OUT. Please contact us if you’d like to get on the wait list in the event of a late cancellation.

If you’ve always wanted to understand how to use filters (neutral density filters, polarising filters) to shoot long exposures, then this mini-workshop is for you. Located at Perth’s own Elizabeth Quay, this workshop will show you how to select and use filters to obtain long exposures to smooth skies and water.

We begin with an outline of the thought processes behind shooting long exposures — what these do to images and the reasons for using filters to obtain long exposures. You’ll learn the effect of different filters, the impact of these filters on your images, and the pros and cons of “stacking” filters. You’ll also find out the difference between using screw-on circular filters vs square filters.

Once armed with this knowledge, you’ll undertake a sequence of guided shoots at Elizabeth Quay, photographing some of the location’s most iconic buildings framed by water and sky. You’ll learn about shooting with the light at your advantage, and how to best position your location for great compositions.

We’ll be shooting into the blue hour, where we can obtain ultra long exposures beyond 30 seconds, or shoot without using filters to capture the colours of city lights. You’ll discover the do’s and don’ts of shooting night city scapes and tips for creating starbursts with the lights in the city.

This is a jam-packed couple of hours of learning, shooting and doing. Don’t miss it! Places are limited to only 12 participants

This is a hands-on workshop that will have you learning by doing, as you shoot and build images for inclusion in your portfolio.

  • Your interchangeable lens camera, battery (including a spare) and memory card/s.
  • A wide angle lens — at least 24mm for full frame cameras, 26mm for crop frame cameras and 12mm for micro four third cameras.
  • A rage of ND filters (at least two of the following: ND8, ND64, ND1000) and a polarising filter. If you are considering purchasing a filter set for this workshop, please contact us for recommendations and a discount code for the H&Y 100mm filter starter kit.
  • A stable tripod.
  • The PhotoPills App installed on your smartphone (available through the App Store or Google Play for AUD$14.99 – invaluable for landscape and astro photographers).
  • A remote shutter release or cable release (please note that you will need to already be familiar with the use of your shutter release for this workshop, so if you’ve just purchased one, please take the time to learn how to use it before attending this event).
  • Good walking shoes, water and sunscreen (this is a mostly outdoor event).


Please note that this event is scheduled for Sunday 24 May 2020; in the event of inclement weather, it will be re-scheduled for Sunday 7 June 2020. When booking, please make sure you are available on both dates. If the weather on both dates is inclement, then the event will be cancelled and refunded (less the Eventbrite booking fee).


SOLD OUT. Please contact us if you’d like to get on the wait list in the event of a late cancellation.